It’s perhaps the least likely place you’d see a leader intentionally giving control over to those on his team.
From ancient kingdoms to current despotic regimes; from the old industrial mills to many modern-day large corporations; and from athletic teams to the armed forces, leadership has typically been hierarchical and top-down. The person at the top called the shots, orders went down the chain — typically unquestioned — and people did what they were told…or else.
In certain contexts and very specific situations, this is both called for and necessary.
However, in the vast majority of situations — including the operating of a nuclear submarine — it is both debilitating to the rank and file and totally counterproductive to both the short and long-term success of the organization.
It’s titled, Turn The Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by Retired U.S. Navy Captain, L. David Marquet. When Captain Marquet took command of the U.S.S. Santa Fe it was about as dysfunctional as a nuclear submarine can be. And that is a danger to everyone involved. What he did to “Turn The Ship Around” defied all conventional wisdom…and it worked!
How did this happen? That’s what we explore in this power-packed discussion. Enjoy!
Captain David Marquet envisions the proliferation of Intent-Based Leadership organizations not just in the armed forces but in private sector companies and organizations. He imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work — a place where everyone is a leader.
What insights did you receive from Captain Marquet that can help you begin that process in your…submarine?
*The accompanying workbook, Turn Your Ship Around! can be purchased here.
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